[ ak-mee ]
/ ˈæk mi /


the highest point; summit; peak: The empire was at the acme of its power.

Nearby words

  1. acleistocardia,
  2. aclinic line,
  3. aclu,
  4. acm,
  5. acmatic,
  6. acme screw thread,
  7. acmeism,
  8. acmesthesia,
  9. acmite,
  10. acne

Origin of acme

First recorded in 1610–20, acme is from the Greek word akmḗ point, highest point, extremity

Related formsac·mic [ak-mik] /ˈæk mɪk/, ac·mat·ic [ak-mat-ik] /ækˈmæt ɪk/, adjective

Can be confusedacme acne Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for acme


/ (ˈækmɪ) /


the culminating point, as of achievement or excellence; summit; peak

Word Origin for acme

C16: from Greek akmē

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Word Origin and History for acme



"highest point," 1560s, from Greek akme "(highest) point, edge; peak of anything," from PIE root *ak- "sharp" (see acrid). Written in Greek letters until c.1620. The U.S. grocery store chain was founded 1891 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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